A Path Toward Releasing The Number (Wait, Is This Possible?)

We’re an analytical bunch. Numbers flow through our brains alongside most thoughts. Numbers can dictate our emotional states–ever been feeling great, get a blood sugar, see it’s at 250, and then start to feel high? That blood sugar number courses through everything we do, everyone we meet, and everything we think. But, does it have to? Continue reading

D-Dating, Honesty Is The Best Policy And Here’s Why

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Whether you view dating as an enticing, fun experience or there’s nothing more you’d rather run and hide from, diabetes may be one extra thing to consider (and it’s important that you do)! As a young adult who has lived with type one her whole life, albeit minus 4 years, there are many questions I ask myself when it comes to dating:

  • When/How do I tell them about my diabetes?
  • What if there’s an emergency and they don’t know I have diabetes?

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Reluctantly Riding The BG Roller Coaster

Rollercoaster

I feel like a broken record because I’ve written numerous posts on the effects stress has on my blood sugar, but a few events last week reinforced how diabetes can take over your life. My life/work scenario forced me to take a seat on an insanely large BG roller coaster and I’m still waiting for the downhill plunge.

I believe a timeline is in order to help you understand.

  • Thursday – BG 214.
    • Odd because it’s usually around 120 – 150, my preferred roll out of bed BG. Maybe I have an infection??? Continue reading

The High Handbook: Rule #2

The High Handbook - Rule 2

It’s been a few months since the first installment, The High Handbook Rule #1. Don’t be disillusioned–I’ve been high plenty of times since then, only of the blood sugar variety to clarify. Here is the quick, diverse rundown of high blood sugar stimuli: tubing disconnected from pump, pump site ripped out, pump site clogged, allergies, altitude, and white rice. One might think, “That Ryan guy has a CGM, why does he still go high?” To that I reply with a few experiences. First, the CGM isn’t always accurate or timely. Second, the CGM isn’t counting carbs for you. Third, the CGM doesn’t contain you when the blood sugar’s in the 50s and the whole cabinet beckons.

Okay, now that I’ve established how high blood sugar is still an inevitable part of my life, let’s get into Rule #2: Continue reading

The High Handbook: Rule #1

Today, I introduce a handbook. This is by no means an official guide, just a few realizations found through experience. Being high–when said like this in mixed company, expect perplexed looks and possibly explain our meaning of the “high” word–is an emotional and physical battleground. Confusion, anger, disappointment, and fatigue top my list of expected symptoms.

In a world with a pancreas who cares, we wouldn’t have to worry about being high. Since we don’t know anything about that, I figure it’s a good idea to have a handbook–a guide that presents a plan for how to react next time you’re high. Without a plan, we react on those emotions mentioned earlier. This handbook helps us respond. With that said, let’s get to Rule #1. Continue reading

Tuesday Topic: Yes, I Talk To Myself. I Know, I’m Working On It.

Self-Talk and Diabetes

Since joining the DOC (diabetes online community), I am continually impressed by the uplifting encouragement dished out daily. Really though, it’s amazing. It usually goes a little something like this:

Person 1 on Twitter: “I seriously hate being high! I’m so sick and tired of my pump clogging. It’s all my fault for not changing the site! #theworldisending”

Person 2 responding to Person 1 on Twitter: “It’s not your fault! Things just happen. Remember, this will pass and your sugar will be good in no time! #keepyourheadup”
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Don’t Mess With The Beast – Stay In The Zone

Don't Mess With the Beast, Diabetes Productivity

What’s the fastest, most-efficient way to derail your day? Go low or go high. This is our beast. Don’t wake it up. Don’t taunt it. Learning to preserve your creativity and momentum is critical as a modern student, professional, and parent.

Here is the goal: Do whatever you can to maintain your zone, especially when you need to be your best. Of course imperfection is inevitable. Occasionally, your blood sugar will be over 250 for no reason. You will go below 80 when you should not have. This is the grind. But, when you have established control–firmly entrenched in a comfortable blood sugar zone–you must do everything possible to preserve it for productivity sake. Continue reading

Blasted Ketones Make An Appearance

Urine Sample

I’m admittedly stubborn when it comes to going to the doctor and am sure it stems from years at Children’s Hospital.  When I scraped myself together yesterday and headed to Urgent Care, I was prepared for the worst.  I’ve had a hacking cough for 5+ days, but the previous two days included dizziness, nausea and exhaustion.  I attempted to get out of bed on Saturday afternoon, yes afternoon, and almost tipped over because my equilibrium was off and then I threw up.  BOOOOO.

I was unable to eat much on Saturday and tested my blood sugar often, in fear of a serious low.  That was not the case at all, my blood sugar was over 200 for most of the day, which made me think my body was fighting an infection.  As a T1D, it is pretty common to self diagnose, but I was willing to relinquish all control to find out what was going on. Continue reading

Final Hours Of Normal Life – DIAGNOSIS DAY

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The date was January 28th, 1984 and I was on my to way to Dr. Abbott’s office because my mom was worried. I’d lost 8 lbs. and word on the street, I went from being an obedient, sweet child to a total nightmare. I demanded eating and freaked out if I was denied food or drinks. I have NO recollection of this part of my life. My 600+ blood sugar confirmed my doctor’s worst fear, I had Type 1 diabetes. Dr. Abbott cried as she explained what this meant. My only response was, “You mean no more Snickers?” My mom was given two choices:

  1. Rush me to Children’s Hospital.
  2. Dr. Abbott was going to call an ambulance.

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Cardio Vs Weights: A User’s Guide to Knowing What Will Happen to Your Blood Sugar

Diabetes and Exercise Effects

Oftentimes, exercise can be treacherous–inciting low blood sugars immediately after, then the resulting high blood sugars, and leaving us wondering why we signed up to exercise in the first place. It’s time to provide clarity to something we all need and crave in our lives: movement. Matching personal experience with research, I’ll provide a few generalizations that will help you traverse the exercise path with optimum, never perfect, glucose management.

What’s the rundown on cardio exercise?

 

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